Euphorbia lathyris

While working in the garden today i saw these plants for the first time ever. The Euphorbia lathyris, in Dutch the wolfsmelk, a poisonous plant. Looks lovely.

All parts of the plant, including the seeds and roots are poisonous. Handling may cause skin irritation as the plant produces latex. While poisonous to humans and most livestock, goats sometimes eat it and are immune to the toxin. However, the toxin can be passed through the goat’s milk.

Published on May 15, 2020 at 6:00 by

Sunday 10 May 2020

This morning i got out of bed around ten. I made breakfast. Almond pancakes with bacon, butter, strawberries and a bit of coconut blossom sugar. Around twelf i went back upstairs. Played a bit of warcraft. Yesterday i got my mount! And i turned fifty! Yay!

Around three i went downstairs to take a shower. I washed my hair. I washed myself. Feels good.

I made some dinner: greens with a tomato, cucumber and two sausages. The sausages i bought at the market yesterday. It was open again. Different, yes. But still, it felt good. And tomorrow the library is open once again. I love that!

This evening i watched Homeland together with Ted and Assie. Then i went up to write this post.

Nothing special. Sure. A slow leave it be Sunday. No walks. No work.

And i really enjoy it.


Published on May 11, 2020 at 6:00 by

Your Song

Yesterday while we were closing down the garden someone said the words It’s a little bit funny and i immediately started singing this song. I didn’t know the full lyrics, but someone else knew the next line. So we sang. Together.

On my way home i sang this song. Especially beautiful in the tunnel underneath the train rails.

Today i looked up the lyrics and sang along with some youtube clips. And i recorded it. Lovely song. I hope one day i will have learned it by heart.

This one is for you. šŸ™‚

Your Song

It’s a little bit funny, this feeling inside
I’m not one of those who can easily hide
I don’t have much money, but boy if I did
I’d buy a big house where we both could live

If I was a sculptor, but then again, no
Or a man who makes potions in a traveling show
I know it’s not much, but it’s the best I can do
My gift is my song, and this one’s for you

And you can tell everybody this is your song
It may be quite simple, but now that it’s done
I hope you don’t mind, I hope you don’t mind that I put down in words
How wonderful life is while you’re in the world

I sat on the roof and kicked off the moss
Well, a few of the verses, well, they’ve got me quite cross
But the sun’s been quite kind while I wrote this song
It’s for people like you that keep it turned on

So excuse me forgetting, but these things I do
You see I’ve forgotten if they’re green or they’re blue
Anyway the thing is what I really mean
Yours are the sweetest eyes I’ve ever seen

And you can tell everybody this is your song
It may be quite simple, but now that it’s done
I hope you don’t mind, I hope you don’t mind that I put down in words
How wonderful life is while you’re in the world

I hope you don’t mind, I hope you don’t mind that I put down in words
How wonderful life is while you’re in the world

Published on May 8, 2020 at 6:00 by

A walk, something to eat and a good talk

A bike with flowers on our way to the forest
The clematis growing on the street leading towards the Kralingse Bos.
The nest of a little bird whose name i forgot of course.
Decaying trees
The sun!
Edible plants Nitai had picked. I have put them in a booklet in my bag. For me to find in years to come. šŸ™‚
A spider's web
A moorhen with two young ones
Published on May 6, 2020 at 6:00 by

A walk around

Today i made a short walk to the Vredestuin Noord and back. On my way over there i walked past the canal. I love the month of May. Exquisite!
The sun is shining bright. The shadows are deep and dark.
Besides the bike path there are many flowers. Mainly daisies here.
A borage
I went to the Vredestuin Noord. This path to the greenhouse is lovely this time of year.
This field of magenta flowers is lovely too.
A majestic tree on the Noordsingel. Or is it the Bergsingel here?
Published on May 5, 2020 at 6:00 by


What should i do?

It is May 2020. I have been living in the place i am now for three months. The deal is i will live here for four months. So i only have four more weeks to find something else.

This is not something new. I knew this from the the beginning i started to live here. But i did not think about it too much. I had my fall, the accident on 3 February. That was a big thing for me. And i enjoy my time here.

But it is enough. I realize that.

I feel lost. I know this place is like a branch i can rest on for a short while, before i need to move on. Iā€™m not sure what to do. So i better be extremely careful.

So i threw the I Ching, after i wrote the first part of this post. I got two signs with one changing line. The first sign is 39 Obstruction. The changing line is the top line, a six. When this line changed i got the resulting sign de 53 Development. Both these signs seem to fit my question and my current situation. An obstacle and a slow development.

A slow development is what i am used to the past years. I have been the most important factor in that. When i sold my house, but could live in it for two more years for rent. That was a slow movement.

The Obstruction starts with a description. A dangerous drop lying in front of us, behind us a steep mountain. Surrounded by obstacles. Obstacles which can and need to be overcome. It tells us to face the upcoming troubles and withdraw as a preparation for surmounting the difficulties. We need to find a connection with like minded friends and accept the guidance of someone who can deal with the difficulties. We need to be inspired with the will to keep on going. Especially when our trying seems to lead us away from our goals. An inner sustained course will lead to salvation. This sign, which will last only a short time, is important for the development of our character.

The changing line at the top says the following:

Going leads to obstructions,
Coming leads to great good fortune.
It furthers one to see the great man.

Here a man is shown, who has left behid the world and her works. When the time of obstacles comes, it would seem easy to leave behind the world and go to the hereafter. This way is not open to him. His duty calls him back to the world. His experience and his inner freedom will make it possible to achieve some grand that will lead to salvation.

This changing line leads to sign 53 Development. The maiden is given in marriage. Good fortune! Every passage has its pace. Acting in haste is not right. The correct way to development is the refinement of ones own personality. Gentleness, the slow adjusting, but at the same time the penetration is the visible result from an inner restfulness. The gradual development gives stability. Only stability gives the certainty the slow progression will not weaken.

The image is of a tree on a mountain. It grows gradually. The influence on people can only be gradual. One needs to work on her own moral development with constant care.


Thank you.


Published on May 4, 2020 at 6:00 by